All posts tagged: healthyliving

Cumin Roast Chickpeas & Brutus fighting Popeye Salad “Give him the Twister Punch Popeye”

I love chickpeas… my kids love chickpeas and I use a lot of them. It’s minor panic time if there aren’t chickpeas in the house!  Oooo they’re just little pods of hearty nourishment, and they’re so versatile!  Apart from houmous, which I keep a vat of in the fridge always, They make a great soup and really beef up a salad too… We had this salad with our Harissa Roast Chicken, but it stands alone as a quick, healthy lunch too…Iron rich, great for the blood and full of vitamins says BBC Good Food. Scroll down for a classic Popeye moment… Ingredients (serves 4 as a side or 1-2 for lunch): 1 can chickpeas (drained) 1/2 bag baby spinach Juice 1/2 lemon 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Salt & pepper Generous pinch of cumin Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C 2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas & add to a roasting tin. 3. Sprinkle the chickpeas with salt, pepper, a generous pinch of cumin and a drizzle of olive oil.  Shake them up …

Chocolate Coconut Granola

Oh my, this is the kind of breakfast I absolutely shudder at when I see it in the supermarket.  My contempt for chocolate breakfast cereal, and my resounding ‘absolutely not’ when the children ask for it!  But here am I making it.  The truth is this is beautiful, and this version is really nutritious too!  Actually this wasn’t supposed to be a granola at all, it was going to be snack bars for after school.  But for some reason I didn’t make enough wet to coat the dry and the result was snack bars that didn’t stick together, obviously!  But thankfully there is always granola… and this is going to be beautiful with some plain greek yoghurt in the morning! Ingredients: 200g Oats 100g ground almonds 100g desiccated coconut 6 tbsp maple syrup 6 tbsp coconut oil* 3 tbsp cacao powder Pinch of sea-salt 50g chia seeds 50g raisins 4 medjool dates,chopped 75g dark cooking chocolate min 70% cocoa solids Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. 2. Mix the dry ingredients; oats, ground almonds, …

Cacao & Cardamom Lazy Morning Granola

Sweet, Sticky, Morning Goodness… Oh good morning chocolate breakfast hit! Oh indulge me honey toasted oats… Wait, you’re slurping the sweet spicy chocolaty milk from the bowl?  Don’t worry, me too!  It’s half term holidays and we’re enjoying really slow mornings at home!  Making granola this morning in my pyjamas was pure joy for me.  And the smell of it baking was mouth-watering.  Sweet, spicy aromas filled the kitchen as I slurped my morning tea and the children were building Lego, bliss.  Until 10 minutes later and the children are throwing the Lego, my tea goes cold while I intervene and, wait, is that the smell of overcooked granola?  For a minute there though…  I’ve been a huge fan of the chocolate cardamom combination since ‘chocolate cardamom cookies’ in Signie Johansen’s ‘Scandilicious’ cookbook.  And the combination works brilliantly in this granola, so without further ado… I give you Cacao & Cardamom, Lazy Morning Granola… Ingredients to make 4-6 portions:  200g whole rolled oats 50g pumpkin seeds 50g whole almonds, roughly chopped 50g chia seeds 50g raw cacao …

Shiitake Mushroom and Thyme Risotto

Risotto follows roast chicken almost always in our house.  Once the chicken is more or less stripped of breast meat I boil the carcass to create a stock.  I have a slightly ‘war time’ attitude to waste.  Being only a generation removed, and the oldest child of a single mother my conscience will not allow me to throw it away… Actually, there’s something quite romantic for me about the idea of generations of women making the most of food, not wasting anything… And the wisdom of those women knowing (without the science we now have) how good it is for their families, from keeping colds and flu at bay to soothing the gut and making hair shine!  Read more about the health benefits of home-made chicken stock here.  There are plenty of recipes on-line for making your own.  Mine really is very simple: Chicken Stock from a roast chicken: Place the carcass in a large pan.  Cut it down if it’s still in one piece.  Cover with water, bring to the boil, put the lid …